“Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief,” which premiered this past Sunday at Sundance, promises a variety of disturbing revelations about the secretive and notoriously vindictive church founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
Along with the stuff we’re used to hearing — like how the church abuses its members and destroys families, drains its members’ bank accounts and goes after anyone it considers a “suppressive person” (Scientology talk for people who oppose Scientology) — the doc also focuses on the church’s relationship with its celebrity members, including how it set out to destroy the marriage of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Keep reading »
The SAG Awards were last night, and you probably watched them if you’re a major awards-show junkie. If not, you missed out on two really incredible speeches by Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis, who won in each of their categories. Their speeches were free of the typical faux humility and breathless “What, me? An award?! You shouldn’t have!” sentiment that most are replete with, and they were a delight to watch. Check out Davis’s speech, which legitimately gave me goosebumps, above, and watch Aduba’s speech after the jump. Keep reading »
At the Power of Story: Serious Ladies panel at Sundance, in which Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Kristen Wiig, and Jenji Kohan discussed life as female artists, Dunham brilliantly pointed out the obvious regarding Woody Allen’s repeated onscreen “perv” behavior. Dunham is frequently taking the heat for the screw-ups of her “Girls” character Hannah Horvath, as if the two are the same person. As she mentioned at the panel, male writers are much less likely to be compared to the characters they play on camera. Like, for example, Woody Allen:
“Woody Allen is proof that people don’t think everything he says in his films is stuff that he does because all he was doing was making out with 17-year olds for years and we didn’t say a word about it. And then he did it! A bunch!…No one went, ‘oh, Woody Allen’s making out with a 17-year old in ‘Manhattan’ I guess he’s a real perv’…And then, lo and behold…”
Girl tells it like it is. You can watch the fascinating full panel here. [Jezebel]
Last night’s SAG Awards brought together the hottest actors — and entire casts — in TV and film to laud each other for their thespian triumphs. But what did they wear? Click through to see who walked the red carpet…